The Timetable of Life

1.jpgAssalaamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

We’ve all been there.

It’s around 6 in the evening, you’ve just come back from work, or just got back from a mentally stimulating day at University, when, after the preceding 8 hours of madness where you’ve not had time to think, you suddenly find yourself with some free time.

What shall I do?

Where shall I go?

These, and other similar questions rear their heads in the back of your mind, followed by the final one, ’shall I do anything at all?’

After all, it has been a long day.

Somebody once said that it’s the choices which make us what we are, and in some respects that’s bang on. As career minded people, we choose to study and spend long days at work to attain our successful career. Contrast that with somebody who does nothing all day and ends up going to the Dole Office.

Indeed, Islam places firm emphasis on occupying our minds and our energies with things that are worthwhile, otherwise, Shaitan (Satan) gets a hold and directs us towards acts which are wholly unproductive and even contrary to the command of Allah.

That is why, the life of a Muslim is a life of balance. A balance between work and play, family and friends, being stern and being soft – Islam shows the human being to live his or her life according to the Middle Path.

My principal said to me the other day, that as Muslims we are so lucky because, if we pray our five times Salaat (prayer) everyday, then we will automatically become excellent at organising the timetable of our life, or as it is commonly referred to in the professional circles, we will become efficient in time management.

And in all honesty, this is the life of a true Muslim, that he prioritises everything in his or her life around Allah and not vice versa. That when it is time for Salaat we take a break from what we are doing and pray. And my dear readers will appreciate that even at work this is not difficult, as our bosses, both Muslims and non-Muslims, will bend over backwards to make it easy for us.

Furthermore, once we start seeing the spiritual benefits of turning to Allah five times a day, then we will fit more things in, like praying the Qur’an, doing Dhikr (remembrance of Allah), and making Dua (supplication). The emphasis here is not that we try to adopt a life which will place unnecessary hardship upon us – no, this is not Islam. I suppose the point I’m trying to make is that we should try to do that little bit extra (just like we do for our careers and our leisure time), to bring ourselves closer to Allah who created us.

If we diarise, prioritise, and make lots of Dua, then there is no reason why we cannot make this a possibility and thus make the timetable of our life around Allah instead of vice versa.

May Allah make it easy for us and give us Taufiq (Divine aid). Ameen.

Ma’as-salaam

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